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Brevital Withdrawal | Timeline, Symptoms, Detox

Brevital is only available legally for hospital use as an intravenous anesthetic because it is such a powerful sedative. Brevital is a type of barbiturate, which is an older class of drugs that were mostly replaced by benzodiazepines in the 1980s due to the high risk of abuse associated with barbiturates. Even though Brevital is supposed to be only available in medical settings, it has made its way to the black market. And even though it’s not as common as it once was, Brevital is still abused because of its powerful sedative effects. However, Brevital withdrawal can be a difficult and even dangerous process. It’s best to seek out professional help to help manage withdrawal symptoms when you’re ready to detox from Brevital. Learn more below about how to withdraw safely from Brevital. 

What Are the Brevital Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawing from barbiturates such as Brevital can cause difficult symptoms. Brevital withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Tremors
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • High temperature
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure
  • Death

What Are the Stages in the Brevital Withdrawal Timeline?

Brevital withdrawal symptoms usually occur in two stages, like withdrawal from other barbiturates. The earlier symptoms are considered minor and the later symptoms are considered major.

Minor barbiturate withdrawal symptoms start about eight to 12 hours after the last dose. These symptoms may include: 

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitching
  • Hand tremors
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Distorted vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Low blood pressure

Approximately 16 hours after the last dose of Brevital, major barbiturate withdrawal symptoms may occur. These symptoms can last for roughly five days:

  • Convulsions
  • Delirium

Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms, particularly mental and emotional symptoms, may continue for several months or years. 

Why Should I Detox?

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Quitting drugs cold turkey may sound like a good idea, but it can be difficult, painful, and dangerous. In some cases, it can be dangerous and even deadly.

Given the difficult physical symptoms, withdrawing on your own without professional medical help can be very challenging. It’s important to find a professional, medically assisted detox program to support you during the process of Brevital withdrawal.

Doing this will ensure that you are carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body goes through the difficult detoxification process. Participating in an addiction treatment program also gives you a better chance at lasting recovery as a result of the structured medical and emotional support you will receive.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

A full continuum of treatment ensures the best opportunity for a successful recovery. Following a full continuum of treatment means starting with the medical detox process and then progressing gradually from an inpatient status to outpatient treatment. You will then have the opportunity to participate in an alumni program after the formal treatment program is completed. The stages of addiction treatment include:


The primary goal is medical stabilization during the first stage of withdrawal treatment, which is known as detox. Expect the detox stage to last from a few days up to a week. When you arrive, your medical team—which will include doctors, nurses, and support staff— will complete your comprehensive medical assessment, which will help determine your level of addiction and additional medical needs you may have. The assessment includes a medical exam plus a urine screening for drugs.

Your medical team will monitor you 24/7 to help manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent dangerous Brevital withdrawal symptoms.

Many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges during the detox period. Your treatment plan will also include comprehensive support to help you with these symptoms. A longer-term treatment plan will be put into place for you once you are medically stabilized.

Residential Treatment

If you and the treatment team determine that you need further medical treatment, you may continue the next stage of treatment on an inpatient basis, which might be because of co-occurring medical conditions or post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment is intensive and includes 24/7 clinical monitoring. At this stage, you will start seeing a therapist regularly to help you process the emotional and psychological aspects of addiction and recovery.


residential treatment

Partial hospitalization (PHP) is in-between outpatient treatment and inpatient care. The goal of PHP is to stabilize your mental status and better prepare you for success once you return to independent living after you leave the treatment center. During this stage, you’ll live at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive and rigorous treatment program. This program will be five days a week for six hours each day. You will be able to participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to help you address emotional and mental health needs.

Learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse so that you will be prepared for long-term recovery will be the primary focus during PHP.

Intensive Outpatient

The next stage is the intensive outpatient program (IOP). An IOP allows you to live at home while also attending counseling and programs to help support your recovery. Depending on your treatment plan, you will participate in about nine or more hours of clinical therapy several times each week.

Intensive outpatient therapy will help you to continue learning new ways to manage cravings, stress, and other challenging issues that may arise once you live on your own again. After you complete the IOP stage, you will transition into the Outpatient and Alumni programs, which is also known as aftercare.


You will have the opportunity to meet other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events after you complete the formal treatment program. These aftercare opportunities spent with other alumni members can help you develop new friendships and build social support with others who understand the recovery process.

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Being a part of this supportive network can help you grow while focusing on your recovery and adjusting to life after the treatment program. It can also be a safe space to share relapse prevention strategies, new experiences, and techniques for stress management. Most of all, it can be a way to enjoy time with new friends.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you need help withdrawing from Brevital safely, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery for free and confidential help 24/7. They can provide the guidance and support you need to get started with the treatment process and answer any questions you may have. After speaking with a specialist, you will know what to expect from our evidence-based services and feel prepared to make an informed decision about your plans for treatment. Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Call us today at 844-554-9279 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.


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